Birth Certificate Apostille / Legalization

Birth Certificate Apostille and Authentication

If you plan to marry abroad, wish to adopt a foreign-born child, or are the beneficiary of an inheritance from a party in another country, you will most likely be required to produce a legally-recognized copy of your California birth certificate and possibly other vital records. To legalize documents originating in California for use in other countries requires an apostille or authentication by the California Secretary of State.

Advanced Mobile Notary’s team of California-State-commissioned notaries public knows how to navigate the complexities and pitfalls involved in the California birth certificate apostille and authentication processes. We ensure that your document is properly legalized and returned to you quickly and securely.

California Birth Certificate Apostille and Authentication Checklist

If you plan to marry abroad, wish to adopt a foreign-born child, or are the beneficiary of an inheritance from a party in another country, you will most likely be required to produce a legally-recognized copy of your California birth certificate and possibly other vital records. To legalize documents originating in California for use in other countries requires an apostille or authentication by the California Secretary of State.

Advanced Mobile Notary’s team of California-State-commissioned notaries public knows how to navigate the complexities and pitfalls involved in the California birth certificate apostille and authentication processes. We ensure that your document is properly legalized and returned to you quickly and securely.

Follow these steps to enable Advanced Mobile Notary to obtain your California birth certificate apostille or authentication.

#1: Verify your California birth certificate is eligible for apostille

Ensure your California birth certificate was:

  • Issued from one of the 58 counties of California
  • Issued in the last five years and is an original document
  • Certified—Informational documents and copies of certified documents will be rejected
  • Signed by a County Clerk / Recorder

A California birth certificate signed by the local register, the county medical doctor, or director of the county health department will require additional certification by the county clerk of the issuing county to be eligible for an apostille or authentication.

If you need help obtaining a certified copy of your birth certificate, or if your birth certificate is signed by the local register / medical doctor, please call us at (415) 239-6600 for assistance.

#2: Determine whether you need an apostille or authentication

To check whether the destination country (the country where the document requires legal standing) has adopted the Hague Convention apostille process, click on the following text: List of Hague Convention Competent Authorities.

If the destination country is a Hague Convention competent authority, your document is eligible for an apostille. If the destination country is not a Hague Convention member, your document will require authentication by the California Secretary of State and consulate authentication. Call us at (415) 239-6600 for a quote.

#3: Contact Advanced Mobile Notary and Apostille

You can place your apostille order by phone. Just call (415) 239-6600.

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